The rework of Athena Manoukian’s Eurovision 2020 song “Chains on You” was, in the minds of many, the best revamp of the year. Casting off repetition and fully ready for primetime, the revamp takes us on a journey through space-age sounds, sensual breaths and even electro-bass boom. How do you say fire in Armenian?
But the sonic changes weren’t the only things to cheer about. Athena delivered a breath-taking music video that features on-point choreography and plenty of looks.
“We had only two weeks after Depi Evratesil to revamp the song and shoot the music video, and after days and nights of rehearsals and preparations I’m very excited to share the result of our work,” Athena told us on the day of the reveal. “It is truly a joy working alongside such a professional team and believe me, we have a lot more surprises coming up!”
Well among the lovely surprises we’ve enjoyed since Eurovision is watching behind-the-scenes footage, which shows you how much of a production this really was. Arthur Manukyan — Armenia’s top director — has uploaded an edit to his Instagram account. And that reminded us of the lovely full B-T-S video above.
The footage shows Athena hard-at-work as she and her team perfect their choreography and angles. It was truly a team effort. We see Athena mounting that massive diamond stage with a ladder — and a helping hand from a member of the crew. Later, when our queen gets the chills, Arthur rests a striped blanket on her delicate shoulders. A star must be taken care of, you know.
Athena is seen using breaks in production to restore her mind and body. After a series of strenuous takes, Athena stretches her hamstring on top of the diamond. Later she lies flat on her back, taking in the enormity of the video shoot while hitting reboot mentally.
Earlier footage released by the singer gives up one of her other tricks to staying on point: a sweet indulgence between takes.
In March she shared a video of her chowing down on a sugary snack. A crew member instructs her not to share them, as she needs the treats to keep up her energy. But Athena proceeds to give one to the director anyway. She is a generous spirit.
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Being a queen doesn't mean you can't eat sweets and also share them?? . . – @athenamanoukian : Hmmmm life is good when I taste sugar? – @mari___official : Athena please don't share your sweets, you need them to give you energy???? – @athenamanoukian : Yes of course Mari jan???? – @athenamanoukian to @arturmanukian : You want?? – @arthurmanukyan : Sure???? . . (One of my favorite moments on set?) . . #ChainsOnYou #MusicVideo #Backtage #BehindTheScenes #Marivanesyan #ArthurManukyan #AthenaManoukian @manukyan_team #ManukyanTeam
“Chains On You” was composed by Athena and DJ Paco, and written by Athena. The revamp of the song was done by Armenian singer/songwriter Artem Valter.
Armenia is yet to confirm how it will choose its singer for Eurovision 2021. Stay tuned…
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